The purpose of the Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Committee is: to encourage, sanction and sponsor amateur competition in “whitewater open canoe at local, regional, national, and international levels.
A whitewater open canoe is a traditional open Canadian or Native American canoe, which is a boat with ends pointed and higher than the middle, symmetrical side-to-side, and propelled with single bladed paddles. There are two categories of canoes used in WWOCD competitions. They are defined as Formula 16 and Formula 14. The Formula 16 classes are intended to include canoes sold for general recreational use. In general, ABS, polyethylene, aluminum and wood/canvas canoes will qualify for inclusion (assuming they meet all weight and dimension requirements) while fiberglass/kevlar/composite and woodstrip canoes will generally be included in the Formula 14 classes. A canoe MUST be or have been a commercially available, general production model to qualify for the Formula 16 classes.
2017 WWOCD National Championships:
- Date: Summer 2017
- Location: Old Town, ME
- Schedule: TBD
- Race website
- Venue: Penobscot River
- Online Registration – available May 2017
- Sponsors: ACA & the Penobscot Nation